Tourmaline

 Characteristics

Pink Tourmalines vary from light rose to intense pink with a vitreous luster.
Green Tourmaline color range is from light to dark green with a vitreous luster.
Large and flawless Tourmalines are rare.
Pink Tourmalines look similar to Topaz, Morganite or Spinel. A green Tourmaline to Peridot, Grossular or Vesuvanite.
Tourmaline is the birthstone for October.

Origin

Pink Tourmaline: Italy, Russia, USA, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Brazil
Green Tourmaline: Australia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, USA, Nigeria, Namibia

History

The first Tourmaline was green and discovered in 1500s in Brazil. It was mistaken as Emerald until 1800s. The name comes from the word “turamali”= mixed colored stones in Singhalese (a language of Sri Lanka) reflecting the confusion about the stones identity. Tourmaline has one of the widest color ranges of any gem species. It occurs virtually in every hue. Old Egyptian legend say that the Tourmaline, on its long journey up from the center of the Earth, passed over a rainbow and assumed all the colors of the rainbow. Therefore, still today it is referred to as the “gemstone of the rainbow”. It has always been a lucky charm. Due to their boron content, Tourmalines have unusual electrical pyroelectric properties, meaning when they heat up under the lights of display cases, they gain a slight charge, attracting extra dust.

Color Story

Camouflage, Candy, Caribbean, Chestnut, Fire, Indian Summer, Mandarin, Wildberry

Care Recommendation

Clean with warm water and soap. Do not use ultrasonic and steam cleaning.